It's not often you walk into a theatre to find the comedian you're there to see already on stage, and running on a treadmill.
But that's exactly what went down at Leeds City Varieties last night, as a jittery Mark Watson kicked off his Flaws tour - 65 nights of soul-searching stand-up marking the comedian's 10th year in showbusiness.
After running for around 15 minutes and greeting punters as they found their seats, the Radio 4 regular began a set that covered everything from the struggles of parenting, getting older and swearing in the Post Office to the unstoppable rise of 'Keep Calm and Carry On' meme.
Watson is a familiar, conversational stand-up - he is determined to make the audience feel involved and appreciated from the off. From checking that the people up in the highest tier were OK, to chatting with one of his Twitter followers about his babysitting drama, the Mock the Week star treated the gig like a trip down the pub with a crowd of new mates.
He was also endearingly awkward - clutching at his hair as he spoke, unable to keep still, and analysing the reactions his new material drew from the crowd.
But there was a darker side to his return to Yorkshire. Back in the city two years on from his last visit, Watson was keen to share his personal journey and the struggles he'd had to overcome in recent years.
Without giving away too much, his confidence has suffered a few knocks and he turned to alcohol as a means of dealing with his anxieties.
The revelations didn't bring the act down - he shared his demons with the audience in his trademark nerdy comic style and despite the darker content, there was still plenty of laughs.
The tale about the Thomas the Tank Engine movie premiere he attended with his son was a particular highlight - and had an unusual twist.
With another 64 dates to go, Watson has embarked on a comedic feat of endurance - but I get the feeling the experience will also be largely cathartic for the 34-year-old.
The honest, self-deprecating show combined quick wit with a heartfelt confession that brought the audience closer to the comedian - and an uplifting conclusion that people in all walks of life have their own struggles to bear. In short, no one is perfect.
The tour may be called Flaws - but it was hard to find them in Watson's performance.
Tonight he continues on to Sheffield Memorial Hall - the full list of live dates can be found here.